London: England speedster Liam Plunkett feels that second Test against India hangs in the balanceafter three days of cricket.
"The match is quite balanced at the moment. It is very even between both sides," said Plunkett after the day's play. In the morning, if we can nick a couple a wickets quickly then the match will swing in our favour. If you get in at Lord's it is a good wicket to bat on and you can chase the targets down.
So anything they give us should be chase-able," Plunketttold reporters at the end of the day's play. When pressed about what target England will prefer to chase, he replied,"There's not much variable bounce at the moment. The sun is out and it will bake the pitch and it will get flatter. I think 250-300 should be an ideal score."
Plunkett played a key role for England on day three when he scored his maiden Test fifty in the morning session and helped his side take a slender 24-run lead thanks to a 51-run partnership with Matt Prior.
"When I came out to bat last evening as the night watchman, the new ball was due. So I tried not to play certain shots. Jimmy Anderson has shown that runs at the end are quite crucial. In the morning, then we tried scoring at five runs at a time," he said.
"But both Matt and me are aggressive players, so saw the ball and scored off them. This got out partnership going," he said. "I take great pride in my batting. I am working hard on it. I got the freedom to play my shots today. It feels good to get the fifty," he added.